The BBC quotes Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service on ID Cards and Biometric Technology.
"ID technology 'must be foolproof'
Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Technology behind the government's controversial identity card scheme must be "almost foolproof", the UK's most senior police officer has warned.
The cards could tackle terror only if biometric indicators like irises and fingerprints were recognised almost perfectly, Sir Ian Blair said.
The Met commissioner, addressing the London Assembly, defended his pre-election support of ID cards.
They could stop the "day by day" increase in identity theft, he added.
How exactly ? cerrtianly they are of no use online or over the phone in preventing "identity theft".
He did not want to see Met officers "demanding to see people's papers" at random in the street.
Policing is meant to be done with the consent of the people. A growing number are refusing to register for this NuLabour ID card / Database plan. The NO2ID online and SMS pledge has now been signed by over 2800 people in just 4 days.
But it was "a danger to the state" that the government did not know who some people were, he told Wednesday's meeting.
"ID cards can only be the answer if the recognition of them is almost perfect," he said.
"Identity cards are only going to work if we have a biometric answer - that may be iris recognition but it is unlikely to be facial recognition because that changes because of diet and beards and everything else."
The technology had to be "as close to foolproof as possible", Sir Ian said.
"There are a whole pile of logistics that have to be got right."
Is he weaseling out a future position where he can say, "well, I only supported ID cards if the biometric technology worked perfectly" ? Is this an attempt to distance himself from his comments during the General Election in his interview with Sir David Frost ?
"Asked whether he regretted publicly supporting ID cards in the run-up to the May election he said he was "not in the slightest bit repentant".
He should not have made such a partisan NuLabour political statement during the General Election.
He spoke out on the issue after the conviction of ricin plotter Kamel Bourgass, whose real identity is not known by authorities.
"I am absolutely clear that in the aftermath of the Bourgass trial with commentators saying this proved there was not a threat to the UK, it was the job of the commissioner to say this was a real and present threat," he said."
So how exactly would Kamel Bourgass have ever qualified for a UK ID card ? What possible use would such a UK ID Card have been in catching this murderer and terrorist suspect ? What difference does it make if his "true identity" is not known, he is in prison and his crimianl record details , fingerprints and DNA are all now on record.
Is the UK Government planning to pass his "true identity", if they discover it, to the Algerian police state so that his family can be tortured ?
>blockquote>"He told the meeting nothing had changed to alter the level of danger from terrorism in the UK and said people should remain "alert not alarmed".
"We must be very concerned about complacency in governance and in public terms because if we drop our guard trouble is out there," Sir Ian said."
Does that mean that we are still at risk from bubonic plague bioterror attacks, which Sir Ian Blair also mentioned in his controversial interview with Sir David Frost ?